We have all been there, waiting for an update to arrive and not knowing if the manufacture of our device will pull through to make it happen. Theunderstatment.com has taken a look and has graphed out the iPhone and Android update history per device for three years after launch and provides a glimpse at which manufactures are at the top of their game for delivering timely updates.
It's not really a surprise to see Apple devices supported to a greater degree than Android devices as Apple only has a limited number of models that it needs to update. Android, on the other hand, provides a mixed bag of updates with highlights of Google's own devices getting timely updates and then there are devices like the Motorola Cliq and Backflip that left the starting gate already behind. The graphic is representative of "every Android phone shipped in the United States up through the middle of last year".
Is it a straight comparison to compare iPhones to all Android devices, certainly not, and should not be used as material in the great fanboy wars of 2011. A more fair comparison are Nexus product updates to iPhone updates as they are both products directly from the vendor.
The chart is below and we will let you be the judge of who is better at updating their devices in a timely manor.
Image Credit: Theunderstatement.com
Thanks for the tip Mephistopheles